I love hardware of all sorts. When I decided to do a DIY (hardware) Christmas tree, I spent a couple of hours at my local True Value—Keith’s Hardware—on two different occasions. I walked up and down every aisle looking at all the items with fresh eyes, taking pictures on the first trip. When I went back to purchase the items, I spent another 2 hours perusing the aisles looking at everything in the store. My local True Value has stuff you just can’t find at the big box stores.
I took so many pictures, that I decided to put them together in a few collages—if I hadn’t this post would go on forever. The angel was the most difficult to “find”. I knew on the first trip to True Value that I would use strap hinges, but it wasn’t until the second trip that I found the body for my angel using a spring clip. The bell was the same. I had originally chosen a galvanized pipe for the bell, but on the second trip I decided to go with this escutcheon instead. I love how they both turned out. The snowman was fun to put together with assorted sized nuts. I used Gorilla Glue Epoxy for the snowman and the angel.
Can you find all the items from the top picture on the tree? I ended up not using the paint brushes because they were a little large. I even bought the little pre-lit Christmas tree at my True Value store. When I took the supply picture I forgot to include the red & white wire that I used for my candy canes. I smiled big when I spied that wire at the store because I instantly knew it would make perfect candy canes!
Aren’t the bells great? They actually clang when you move them. Top right is a mirror clip—these type of things are what you can get at your local True Value, in one of those pull out boxes with all the dividers. LOVE those boxes—so fun to look in them to see what I can find. I knew right away that the outdoor faucet handles would give me some color. While on my first visit, Fay, one of the clerks mentioned they have a lot of keys, so I thought it would add some extra bling to hang those as well. Ohh, and the small lock washers… do you see them? They are extra sparkly when the light hits them. They are my “snowflakes”. Do you see the “wreath” in the bottom right picture? Yeah, it’s a hose clamp!
I had so much fun shopping for items and putting this little tree together. Is there anything I missed? What would you have added?